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9 Things About Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring – It Was Princess Diana's! (PHOTOS)

By Sunny Chanel |


It didn’t come as that much of a surprise that Prince William gave his fiancée Kate Middleton his mother Princess Diana’s engagement ring. He adored and very much loved his mother and this is a lovely way to pay tribute to his dear and departed mom. But will the ring carry with it some kind of curse? Not only did Prince Charles and Princess Diana’s marriage not last but Princess Diana’s life ended in a very dramatic and traumatic way. Is it a  cool or creepy gesture? Here are 9 things about the ring that was bestowed upon Kate Middleton…what do you think?

Kate Middleton Engagement ring

Huge oval sapphire that is supposed by 14 brilliant-cut diamonds.

The ring is heavy! The sapphire is a stunning 18 carats.

The band is gold.

When Prince Charles originally proposed to Diana, he did not present her with a ring. He apparently wanted her to think it over and decide for sure that she was ready for that kind of royal life before he gave her a rock.

Prince Charles had a variety of engagement rings made by Garrard Jewelers and presented them to his fiancée.

The ring wasn’t custom made, rather it was one that was featured in Garrard Jewelers regular catalog and had a price tag of $65,000 (at 1981 exchange rates). That the ring had not been specially made for Diana caused a bit of a stir back in the day.

Garrard Jewelers is the official crown jeweler for the British monarchy and has been  since 1843

After Princess Diana’s death, the ring was bestowed upon Prince William and was not included in the traveling exhibit of Princess Diana’s gowns and jewelry.

Prince William said of the ring, “It’s my mother’s engagement ring, so of course it’s very special to me, and Kate’s now very special to me, so it was only right to put the two together,” he said Tuesday.

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9 thoughts on “9 Things About Kate Middleton's Engagement Ring – It Was Princess Diana's! (PHOTOS)

  1. lil says:

    i do not believe that.

  2. Susan says:

    Creepy! Prince William should have had a special engagement ring made for Kate Middleton! Princess Diana’s engagement ring could have been given to Kate as a gift on another occassion…. Prince William has saddled his bride, marriage, and the world with memories of his parents’ unhappy marriage and his dead mother by using that engagement ring. Poor Kate.

  3. katuska says:

    I agree, Will should have given her a different ring, everytime Kate looks at it, the ring will remind her of Diana. Its a beautiful ring, but I have always thought a diamond ring was the official engagement ring, not a sapphire….but to each his own, right?
    And I hope their marriage to each other lasts forever and hope they have a happy life together, unlike Princess Diana’s!
    Good Luck….

  4. Gail says:

    Prince William claims that Kate will forge her own destiny. But the engagement ring only encourages more comparisons to his mother, Diana. It’s probably the most famous engagement ring in the world, and instead of thinking of Kate, everyone thinks of Diana. He could have given it to Kate for a 1st year wedding anniversary gift, for instance. Still, if Kate’s happy with the ring, I guess we should lay off the speculation and comparisons. Good luck to Will and Kate!

  5. Sandra says:

    I was surprised to see the ring. I thought it was in a museum. I am glad he got it.

  6. Cher says:

    As a gemologist, Princess Diana’s ring is extraordinary !! Having said that, I think that Wills, should have taken the ring and had it reset in a rose or white gold or platinum setting or maybe added a few more stones, like maybe alternating every other surrounding diamond with a flawless sapphire, emerald or ruby. This way it would still be his beloved mother’s ring in a way, but still something new for his lovely Kate. Or at the very least have the stone re-cut and use the diamonds in a new setting.

  7. Cher says:

    One other thought that just came to me, is to reset Will’s mother’s ring and then take some of the diamonds from it and add it to Kate’s Welsh gold wedding band. The possiblities are endless. So much for the supposed “curse”, since the new re-set ring and wedding band would always be a part of his beloved mother’s ring only a little new and different than the original. I see this quite often, with all jewelry that has been passed down through the years and centuries.

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